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Our family always had a dog or two, and at times a cat for good measure. Gram and I were not crazy about pets. We figured we had enough taking care of the kids.

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I've been preparing the same basic, traditional Thanksgiving menu for almost 35 years now. But in the past few years, our children have grown up, married and now have families of their own. Our tastes have changed, and our lives are more hectic. So what's a Diva to do? I've decided to create…

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Editors note: Last week’s column shared the story of James Meyer, a local 10-year-old boy who was adopted from Guatemala by Damon and Arlaina Meyer. He raised $17,000, surpassing his goal of $10,000, to assist families in need in Guatemala. This week’s column, written in collaboration with A…

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Joe and Sam tamped solid the gravel around the last post. They stepped back, Austin Kind stepped in, drew his DeWALT, and sunk the last two screws on the final board. The origin of the fence was a quarter mile north. The first post had been planted a month ago.

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My father is a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. His sacrifices for this country, along with thousands of other men and women, are recognized on Veterans Day.

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Last week was the first bonfire without Donna, the cousins’ mom (my sister). Last year was skipped but then the decision was made to keep the tradition going. It brought the whole family, here and not here, together with memories, laughs and tears.

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East Koshkonong Lutheran Church celebrated Confirmation on Sunday, Oct. 27. Shown are members of the 1969 Confirmation class, that were celebrating the 50th anniversary of their Confirmation. They are (left to right) Linda (Rucks) Linnerud, Bjorn Kaashagen, Dale Evenson and Jack Ellickson.

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A few months ago, I got an email from my barbershop buddy, Ken Gonske. He sings right next to me in the chorus, but a different part. I sing lead and he sings tenor, which is the higher-pitched part.

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Gram’s orange spaghetti gave birth to the cousins’ annual bonfire, evermore to be “the orange spaghetti bonfire.”

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I'm already bracing for cold and flu season. I've taken all the preventive steps that my doctor recommended. I've also decided to work on natural ways to boost my immune system.

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Whenever I'm thinking about ways to add variety to chicken recipes, my spice rack always provides inspiration. Freshly ground peppercorns add a much-needed boost to the mild flavors of chicken, pork and fish. They come in a variety of shades, including white, green, pink, red and black. The …

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Halloween is a favorite holiday for many people. Christmas and Thanksgiving top the list but Halloween is an easy, comfortable. Holiday-treats, no big meals to make unless someone has a rip-roarin’ fun party.

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My birthday is just around the corner. I know that not because of the date on the calendar, but because of the way my joints mimic the sound of one of my favorite childhood breakfast cereals when I get out of bed -- SNAP! CRACKLE! POP!

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T. Joanne (Jacobson) Volla and Atwell Volla, Jr. will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary at American Legion Post 59, located at 803 N. Page St., Stoughton, from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. No gifts, please. Joanne grew up in Cambridge and graduated from Cambridge High School. A…

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There are times memory fails me. I find it most in the search for words and spellings. And peoples’ name. Sometimes even people.

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A look at upcoming community events in Cambridge and Deerfield. If you have an event to add, please email it to: cdnews@hngnews.com. Upcoming events are also listed in the print edition of the paper, published each Thursday.

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From October 2018 through September 2019, yours truly dropped 19 and a half pounds.

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Fruits and vegetables are easier to come by in the summer months than in the fall and winter. But to stay healthy and ward off diseases, it's important to include fruits and vegetables in your diet year-round. Here are some of the superstar fruits and vegetables of the fall and winter months.

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Recently, our Indianhead Chorus was invited to sing at Como Park in the Twin Cities. Having lived in the Northwoods for a couple of years now, I have never driven anywhere besides to my cooking classes and to visit my son and his family in the Cities.

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It is time for some fun stuff again. I don’t know what it is, but every time I blink, another week has passed me by. Am I getting old, or life is just too good?

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I am not a one-trick pony but my column is. For the “youngsters” who don’t know the term, a one-trick pony is a person who is skilled in only one area, expertized in one talent or one special thing.

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You know that you're a grown-up when you fall in love with foods you disliked as a child. I never liked sweet potatoes, but we were raised to eat what was on our plates without complaint. My mother usually served them in the wintertime, so I had to endure them only a few months out of the ye…